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University of Tulsa simulator teaches rig and drilling safety

Posted at 12:14 AM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 01:14:50-05

The rig explosion in Quinton is certainly on the minds of experts at The University of Tulsa.

A lot of the faculty there comes from the oil fields and the local energy companies here in Tulsa.

On the TU campus, instructors tell 2 Works For You if you're a petroleum engineer, you'll go through some of the same courses as rig workers to make sure everyone is being safe.

Engineers and energy experts are curious about what happened, but don't want to speculate yet.

Students are put to the test a drilling simulator at TU.

It looks and feels like you're on the drilling floor.

“My message to the students--this is a serious business and this blowout right here shows that this is not just a job, you're taking on a career and people's lives depend on you doing your job correctly," said Mike Stafford, Petroleum Engineer and Instructor.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission released a report Tuesday saying an employee tried to shut down the well in Quinton after an uncontrolled gas release.

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